Pregnancy Spider Veins
If you’re noticing tiny, purplish red lines on the surface of your legs, they’re probably spider veins. Why you? And why now? Your pregnant body is creating an increased amount of blood, which puts pressure on your blood vessels. The added pressure makes these tiny veins swell and become more visible. Plus all of the extra hormones you’re producing are wreaking havoc on your blood vessels, big and small. And if leg veins are common in your family, than guess what you’ve inherited? Bingo! Pregnancy spider veins.Jump To Full Article Below
PREGNANCY SPIDER VEINS UNRAVELED
Pregnancy spider veins are areas of tiny blood vessels close to the surface of your skin that can appear on your legs. Like their name suggests, they may have little branches radiating out from the center. High levels of estrogen, increased blood flow and genes are all common reasons why pregnancy spider veins appear.
In most cases, the veins will fade once your hormone levels settle down after baby (big sigh of relief, we know). But if they’re still hanging around, you can always have them removed by a dermatologist - either with a saline injection (a.k.a. sclerotherapy), glycerin or laser treatment. Remember, treatments like these make the blood vessels collapse and disappear, but aren’t recommended during pregnancy.
How do I prevent spider veins?
- Go for C: You can help minimize pregnancy spider veins by eating foods enriched with good old Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, sweet red peppers and broccoli. Why? Your body uses Vitamin C to produce collage and elastin - connective tissues that help repair and maintain blood vessels.
- Hit the gym: We know, easier said than done, especially when you’re pregnant, but exercising regularly improves your circulation and leg muscles.
- Break the habit: It’s hard not to cross your legs, but pregnancy is a good time to try. When you cross your legs, you restrict blood flow, which is never a good idea. Avoid crossing your legs and it will help keep spider veins from appearing.
- Find support: Support pantyhose with graduated compression, such as the styles sold by Solidea, can help prevent pregnancy spider veins. Just slip them on once you get out of bed in the morning.
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